Bola Tinubu, the incoming president, has expressed his sorrow on the passing of renowned Nigerian columnist and journalist Peter Enahoro.
Enahoro, who was 88 years old, passed away on Monday in London, England, after battling an unspecified illness, according to news sources.
The seasoned journalist known as “Peter Pan” was also Anthony Enahoro, a late patriot and elder statesman.
The president-elect claimed in a statement released on Tuesday by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, that Enahoro had devoted his entire professional life and journalism career to the pursuit of a better Nigeria where each person may find happiness and contentment.
The deceased, according to Tinubu, would be adored and remembered forever, and he urged Nigerian journalists to follow his lead.
The statement reads: “The news of the death of Mr Peter Enahoro at 88 brought sadness because our society is always better and enriched by the wisdom of our venerable senior citizens like veteran journalists in the class of Peter Pan who shaped and changed the course of history with the power of their pen.
“An author, businessman, and publisher, Mr Enahoro will be remembered and forever cherished for his unwavering belief in the greatness of Nigeria and for using the instrumentality of media practice to promote good governance, rule of law, and social justice in our country.
“His seminal book, ‘How To Be A Nigerian,’ published in 1966 will be a reference material on good citizenship. Mr Enahoro accomplished so much within the media profession and nation-building, becoming Editor of the highly influential Sunday Times at the age of 23 in 1958, and Editor of the Daily Paper in 1962 before assuming the position of Editor-in-Chief in 1966.
“He returned home from his sojourn abroad in the 90s to also man the position of Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the same Daily Times.
“I extend my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the immediate family, associates, and lovers of this famous and committed Nigerian nationalist, even as I urge us all to follow his examples.
“Peter Pan did extraordinarily well for the journalism profession and for Nigeria. I wish him eternal rest.”
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